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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

University of Arizona's Berger Entrepreneurship Program Named National Model Program In Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education

February 19, 2002

The Berger Entrepreneurship Program at The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Administration has been named the 2002 Model Program in Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). The program received the Model Program designation in Graduate Entrepreneurship Education in 1989 and The University of Arizona is one of only three institutions in the country to hold both the Graduate and Undergraduate Model Program designation.

USASBE invites selected universities to compete for the Model Program recognition in a head-to-head competition. Chosen schools submit a detailed summary of the program, including exhibits. Two finalists are selected to submit supplemental materials on curriculum, program achievements, publications, statistics, etc. The two finalists then present at the national USASBE annual conference and the winner is named at the conference. Only one winner is chosen in each category.

Gary D. Libecap, Director of the Karl Eller Center for the Study of the Private Market Economy which houses the Berger Entrepreneurship Program, represented the UA at the conference and made the presentation on behalf of the Berger Entrepreneurship Program.

"This is an important award among entrepreneurship educators," said Libecap, "and can be added to distinctions earned by the Berger Entrepreneurship Program over the past several months, including the Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, 12th in Success Magazine's Top Business Schools for Entrepreneurs, and 20th in US News & World Report's B-School Entrepreneurship Specialty Rankings. These accomplishments are a direct reflection of the tremendous advantage our students and programs have through the support of our alumni, friends, and the business and academic communities."

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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